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Transportation routes and infrastructure

Airdrie is perfectly situated just a few minutes from the Trans-Canada Highway, 15 minutes to the Calgary International Airport and 30 minutes to downtown Calgary offering quick and convenient shipping, receiving and passenger connections.

The Calgary-Edmonton Corridor

Airdrie is part of the Calgary region, located just 6 km north of Calgary city limits in southern Alberta. Located along the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor (Queen Elizabeth II Highway), this highway is one of the busiest in Alberta and one of the fastest growing regions in Canada.

Transportation routes

Air transportation

  • 15 minutes to Calgary International Airport, one of Canada's busiest airports handling more than 12 million passengers and 134,000 tonnes of cargo annually.
  • Air shipments reach most major US cities in less than four hours.
  • Non-stop passenger service to over 90 destinations around the globe.
  • The Airdrie AirPark, located two kilometres (2 km) east of the city, is poised for growth. With a 5,000 ft runway, the airport currently accommodates a variety of corporate and recreational aircraft.

Highway/road transportation

  • The Queen Elizabeth II Highway (QE2), one of the most heavily-used highways in Canada (50,000 vehicles per day), passes right by Airdrie (north/south).
  • Airdrie is on the CANAMEX Highway linking Alaska to Mexico.
  • Five minutes to Stoney Trail, Calgary’s Ring Road (ten kilometres/six miles).
  • Easy access to the Trans-Canada Highway.
  • 24-hour US-Canada border crossing is available at Coutts/Sweetgrass, 340 kilometres (220 miles) south of Airdrie.
  • Alberta is known for excellent road conditions and fast-moving traffic with truck shipments reaching most major US cities in less than 2 days.

Rail transportation

  • Access to Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) rail services. 
  • Intermodal auto and trainload facilities are available in Calgary (35 km / 22 mi), servicing every major city in North America.
  • Airdrie is 30 km from CN’s new 680-acre Calgary Logistics Park located just north of Calgary.
  • Airdrie is located along the Calgary-Edmonton north/south line of the Canadian Pacific Railway. However, access is currently unavailable in Airdrie. A privately owned spur line is located in Crossfield, 15 km (10 mi) north of Airdrie.

Ship/water transportation

  • Port access to the Pacific Rim from Airdrie is available through the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, which are accessible by truck in 12 to 20 hours, respectively, or by rail.

Distance to/from major markets

CityDistanceDriving timeDirect flight time
United States border 340 km (210 mi) 3 h 30 m -
Edmonton 280 km (173 mi) 2 h 30 m 49 m
Calgary city centre 32 km (20 mi) 30 m -
Chicago 2,600 km (1,615 mi) 26 h 3 h 30 m
Dallas 3,200 km (1,988 mi) 30 h 3 h 30 m
Denver 1,700 km (1,056 mi) 17 h 2 h 30 m
Los Angeles 2,500 km (1,553 mi) 23 h 3 h
Montreal 4,000 km (2,485 mi) 40 h 4 h
New York City 3,900 km (2,432 mi) 39 h 4 h 30 m
Toronto 3,500 km (2,175 mi) 34 h

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Vancouver 990 km (615 mi) 11 h 1 hr 15 m

Transportation network map

Airport network

Major road network

Sea port network

Rail and freight network

Broadband network